Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 1, 2007 - Young Adult Fiction - 208 pages

This is the story of Cupid--the god responsible for heartache, sleepless nights, and all those silly love songs—finally getting his comeuppance. When the god of love falls in love himself, things are bound to get interesting. And when he crosses his mama, Venus, in the process . . . Well, things could get downright messy.

The much-lauded author of Pharaoh's Daughter and When Dad Killed Mom brings his renowned storytelling skills to one of the world's most famous tales. In doing so he weaves a romantic, hilarious drama brought to life with a bold new voice that's loaded with sly wisdom. Julius Lester's retelling is sure to draw new readers to classic mythology while satisfying old fans as well.


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Special features: Author's note, works consulted list. Julius Lester is the Newberry Honor-winning author of more than twenty books for young readers and a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Read full review

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User Review  - millett23 - LibraryThing

I loved the story telling of this book. The story was a good one. I did feel like the ending was a little abrupt. I did feel like Venus was a little over-the-top, but in a good way. I did feel like ... Read full review

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Introducing Psyche
Psyches Beauty
Venus and Adonis
Enter Cupid
Cupid Gets Surprised
Cupids Decision
Cupid and Venus Talk
Cupid Exposed
Psyches Despair
Psyche Visits Her Sisters
Cupid Goes Home
Oizyss Revenge
Psyche Looks for Help
Venus Looks for Psyche
Venus and Psyche

Apollo and Daphne
Cupid Meets with Apollo
Psyches Fate
Psyches Wedding Day
The Wedding Processional
The Walk Up the Mountain
Psyches New Home
The Wedding Feast
Psyches Husband
Psyches Loneliness
The Sisters
Cupid Warns Psyche
The Sisters Visit
Cupid Warns Psyche Again
The Sisters Return
Psyches Second Task
The Third Task
Cupids Tears
The Final Task
The Underworld
Psyches Journey to the Underworld
Psyche in the Underworld
Cupids Decision
A Final Word
Back Matter
Back Flap
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About the author (2007)

JULIUS LESTER is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. He writes and teaches in western Massachusetts.